An open letter to the inconsiderate driver in Neponsit. Wednesday, January 7, 2009 at 9:10 a.m. As I sat in my car outside the West End Temple Nursery School (please note the 'Nursery School' portion of that title), I was appalled to look up and see a silver Mercedes-Benz heading toward me head-on.
This might not have been so alarming if this vehicle was not heading the wrong way up a one-way street, in front of a nursery school, on a school day, at a time when children are in front of the school!
Maybe you don't have children and you simply don't understand the feeling of fear for the life of your child. Maybe you don't grasp how easily a mistake can be made or an oversight can happen which could endanger that child's life. Maybe you don't realize how unpredictable a child can be and how quickly they can make a decision to run into or near the street without knowing better. Maybe you are simply too stupid to be behind the wheel of a car. I would have used the phrase "too unintelligent," but I honestly feel you would have to look the word up in a dictionary.
How much time did you save by driving up this two-block stretch the wrong way? How lazy could you possibly be? Are you aware of the number of lives and the amount of property you endangered with your selfishness and recklessness? Let's think about that for a moment.
Besides the possible damage to both your car and my car, you could have gone up on one curb and hit property around the house next to us. What would have happened if another car were turning onto the street in the opposite - but CORRECT - direction? Of course, the worst case scenario would be your car jumping the curb on the opposite side of the street and hitting a child, a three- or fouryear old child playing on the sidewalk before entering school.
What do you think your defense would have been if something like this happened? Accidents are called 'accidents' because they are not expected. No one leaves the house in the morning thinking, "Today I'm going to jump a curb and kill a child." This is avoided by engaging your brain before putting your car in gear. You may think you were 'safe enough.' Do you honestly feel that people who end up getting into accidents don't feel exactly the same way?
Ultimately, I have no problem with you taking your life into your own hands by driving like an idiot. My concern begins when you choose to endanger my life and my child's life. And, let us be clear here, you made a conscious decision to be lazy, selfish, and reckless when you chose to drive up this street, in front of a nursery school, the wrong way.
I'm sure I am not the first parent to feel this way, but I may be the first to make the decision to do something about it. Here's what I will do: 1.I am notifying the police of your actions
and will discuss the possibility of having an officer present during
drop-off and pick-up to ticket lazy
individuals like yourself. 2.I will be there the next time you
choose to put our children's lives in
danger and will photograph and
video you breaking the law. 3.I will use these photographs and
videos to ensure that law enforcement and the public know exactly
who is doing this, when you are
doing it, and where you are doing it. 4.I promise you that I will do everything
in my power to make sure you no longer have the ability to threaten the well-being of my family and of the people who work at or attend the West End Temple and its nursery
Moving forward, the choice is yours. Let's see if you can actually use your head for something other than a hat rack.